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A Safe Pair of Hands

The most remarkable accomplishment of the Hillary Campaign is this: A mere four months ago the idea of Joe Biden as a viable presidential candidate was regarded by Democrats as a joke. Then Hillary launched. And now he's their white knight in shining armor. Great job, Hillary! If Joe says no, they'll be digging up Robert C Byrd and propping him up for the New Hampshire pancake flip. I have a modest preference for Biden over Clinton in that he is not as personally, ravenously, rapaciously sleazy ...

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Topical Take

The Lion Sleeps Tonight

This column comes by way of request from several readers, ever since the demise of Cecil the Lion hit the front pages. Here is the story of the biggest hit ever to come out of Africa - and why its author never reaped the benefits: In the jungle, the mighty jungle The Lion Sleeps Tonight... A third of a century ago, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" got to Number One in Britain for Tight Fit. Can't quite place Tight Fit? It sounds like a vaguely parodic name for a boy band, but in fact they were a coed ...

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A Se'nnight of Steyn, July 27-August 2

In case you missed it, here's how the last seven days looked to Mark

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On the Air

Insanity Defense

At the end of a rather long day, I swung by Neil Cavuto's show on Fox News and was perhaps rather blunt about the current state of both the Republican and Democrat races. First, the Republican presidential campaign. Rand Paul calls the commanding lead of Donald Trump "temporary insanity" on the part of the voters: Steyn stated, "Rand Paul says this is temporary insanity on the part of whatever it is, 20-something percent of the Republican base. I think it was Einstein who said that insanity is ...

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Unnatural Selection

White House flack Josh Earnest calls the Planned Parenthood videos "selectively edited". No. What's being "selectively edited" is the baby: Eyeballs, hearts, blasting out brains--all in a day's work at #PlannedParenthood This is depravity, and it happens every day in Planned Parenthood clinics across America - and only in America. As I've said repeatedly, Sweden doesn't do it, France doesn't do it, Norway doesn't do it... Question to Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi: Is every European social ...

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On the Air

The Consultant-Industrial Complex

This morning I started the day with the great John Oakley on Toronto's AM640. In light of the latest revelations re Donald Trump - he raped at least one of his wives!!! his kids have killed and grilled every single animal on the endangered species list!!!!! - we discussed the way the normal rules of American politics apparently do not apply to the new GOP frontrunner...

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Topical Take

Queer Theory meets African Studies

President Obama has wrapped up his tour of Africa. It was notable, insofar as that word can be applied to the trip, for his somewhat condescending and neo-colonial lecture to his hosts on the need to ease up on the old homophobia...

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On the Air

Clumps, Lies and Videotape

On Monday night I joined Sean Hannity at Fox News to discuss Planned Parenthood and Donald Trump...

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Mann vs Steyn

Football and Hockey

The Corner post that launched a lawsuit...

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All Rhodes Lead to Cecil

I had intended to take the same attitude to Cecil the Lion as every US newspaper takes to Cecile the lyin' Planned Parenthood honcho and her factory outlets of slightly used baby parts. The mawkish sob-sister drivel of the one story versus the utter indifference to the second is too dismal to contemplate. Never mind the inability of the legions of traumatized Americans, in the midst of their tears, even to get the deceased lion's name right (for reasons we'll discuss below), that's no reason not to turn on the most evil dentist since Laurence Olivier in Marathon Man.

After all the complete twaddle in the Anglo-American press about the psycho dentist offing the most beloved lion in Africa, it is somewhat heartening to turn to the comparatively sane coverage in the Zimbabwean press...

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Steyn's Song of the Week

Baubles, Bangles and Beads

Image2015 is the centenary year not only of Frank Sinatra but also of Chet Forrest, born one hundred years ago this weekend on July 31st 1915 in Brooklyn, New York.

Chet who? Well, Robert Wright and his partner George "Chet" Forrest were never exactly household names in the music biz, but they certainly worked with a lot of household names, including Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov. The songs they wrought from classical tunes were old-fashioned even at the time, but Sinatra recorded no fewer than four of them...

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Mark at the Movies

The Bunny in Winter

Bugs Bunny turned 75 earlier this week. Like the Queen, he has official and unofficial birthdays. Unofficially, Looney Tunes introduced a rabbit to the cast of characters in "Porky's Hare Hunt" (1938), but the anthropomorphized lagomorph looked nothing like Bugs and, although he was voiced by Mel Blanc, he sounded more like Woody Woodpecker. So, officially, Bugs made his debut in the form we know him today on July 27th 1940 in Chuck Jones' "A Wild Hare". Which is enough of an excuse to spend our Saturday movie date with the enduring, indestructible stars of the Looney Tunes funny farm...

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Steyn's Song of the Week

The Gal That Got Away

ImageOne Sunday in the summer of 1954 Alec Wilder, a composer of serious concert music, went with a couple of friends to a bar in Toms River on the New Jersey shore. He had some loose change in his pocket, so he went to the jukebox and dropped a nickel on the new Sinatra single. The machine extracted the 45, lowered it to the turntable, and dropped the needle. A big brassy vamp filled the barroom, reprised by the rest of the orchestra, and at a brisk clip. And then Frank...

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Steyn on America

Pathway to Codswallop

In a thoughtful review of Ann Coulter's splendid new book, iconoclastic Democrat Mickey Kaus lists the open-borders advocates in American politics: ...the entire Democratic party, half the Republican party, half (secretly) of the politicians who claim to represent the other half of the Republican party, virtually the entire press (including Fox), virtually all of business, and virtually all big money political donors (including the Kochs!). The bit I've bolded helps explain the Trump bump in ...

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